Born: June 17, 1761, North Eng­land.

Died: De­cem­ber 15, 1827, Par­is, France.

Buried: Père Lachaise Cem­e­te­ry, Par­is, France.

Daughter of army of­ficer Charles Williams, Helen pub­lished her first poem, Edwin and Eltruda, a legendary tale, in 1782. This was followed by An Ode on Peace, 1783, and Pern, a Poem. These were all in­cluded in her Po­ems, pub­lished in two volumes in 1786 (second edition, 1791).

Connected by her sister’s marriage with a French Protestant family, Williams lived in Par­is during the French Revolution and Reign of Terror. There she was well known as a political writ­er of strong repub­lican sympathies, which led to her temporary imprisonment by Robespierre. She spent the end of her life in Amsterdam, in the house of her nephew Athanase Coquerel, pas­tor of the Reformed Church there. Her works in­clude:



  1. My God, All Nature Owns Thy Sway
  2. While Thee I Seek, Protecting Power